Turmoil. Whilrwind. Chaos.
Any synonym to those words would describe what Eli Manning and the Giants went through last season.
For Manning, though, it was the first time in his 14-year career that he thought he was done, that his days as the Giants' quarterback were to be put to bed. He admitted to Mike Francesa, who returned to WFAN on Tuesday, that he had no clue what his future held as the Giants spiraled into an abyss last season.
"You know, for the first time ever I didn't know what the future held," he said. "I tried to overthink it and kinda draw conclusions off information I didn't know. I just kinda had to say, 'Hey, I'm gonna be positive and in the season and offseason just workout and be ready and be ready for what's thrown at me.'"
Manning's consecutive start streak was snapped after former head coach Ben McAdoo decided to start Geno Smith, who won't be back in 2018, in the Giants' Week 13 matchup against the Raiders. Many found this as an insult to Manning, especially considering the fact that rookie QB Davis Webb wasn't even activated. Manning was the backup to Smith, and many felt the veteran quarterback's sadness as they watched him looked lost on the sideline.
But those days are offically over.
Co-owner John Mara was swift in his hiring of GM Dave Gettleman after ousting McAdoo and former GM Jerry Reese, and Gettleman was ready to bring the Giants back to normalcy. For Giants fans, that means having their veteran quarterback who has started for Big Blue since 2004 under center next season.
That is exactly what Mara, Gettleman, and new head coach Pat Shurmur have been jointly preaching, and Manning admitted he took a sigh of relief.
"I was very excited to hear the news from Mr. Gettleman, Mr. Mara that they would want me back and knew I was giong to work extremely hard to keep my job," he said.
"When you almost lose something, it makes you appreciate it even more and that's certainly the case here. I love being the quarterback for the New York Giants and I want to be the quarterback and win games for this organization and this fan base and my teammates. So that's what my energy is going toward."
Gettleman has brought in reinforcements to help Manning, too. He owned up to his promise and brought in new offensive linemen in LT Nate Solder, G Patrick Omameh, and most recently, 2018 second-rounder G Will Hernandez. He also drafted dynamic RB Saquon Barkley, who is expected to help open things up for Manning.
"I'm excited. Obviously, it's easy to get excited about your on-paper team and that's the guys that you have on the roster," Manning said. "And just because of the playmakers: You look at Odell [Beckham Jr.] and Saquon, Evan Engram and [Sterling] Shepard. Those are all guys who have played in games, made big plays for us and you throw in a new left tackle, some offensive lineman. So on paper there's a lot of playmakers. Now it's just a matter of us coming together as a team, everybody buying into this offense, buying into the head coach's methods, and working extremely hard to make sure we're getting better."
It can only get better for the Giants after experiencing their worst season in recent memory in 2017. The new hierarchy has been committed to making the changes necessary to erase the past. Out with the old, in with the much-needed new.
Manning loves what he has seen thus far. Now, it is up to him and the rest of the Giants to put the newly acquired puzzle pieces together.
"Yeah, definitely. I think it's been great working with coach Shurmur, Mike Shula the offensive coordinator, and Dave Gettleman," he said. "They've done a great job putting a team together and now it's our turn to obviously go out there and perform at a high level.
"But I think everybody is excited to get to work and put last year behind us and start moving forward."